How to Shift the Post-Pregnancy Weight

With pregnancy comes weight gain, and after having a baby, your routine may become cluttered with a limited amount of free time. We’re busy, looking after a newborn; trying to become accustomed to a new lifestyle which keeps your hands full and mind busy. However, we continue to wish for our pre-baby bodies and to be able to fit in our favorite pair of jeans.

Having a baby is a glorious time, and although a child can be a handful, there is no reason for you to limit your hobbies, career goals or exercise routines. Every parent needs a break, and the gym can be a perfect way to better your mood, keep healthy and have some ‘me’ time. Therefore, the best tips on shifting your pregnancy weight can be found listed below.

PiYo Workout

What is a PiYo workout, I hear you ask? PiYo is exactly how it sounds – a workout combining both Pilates and Yoga. Unlike a singular Yoga or Pilates class, PiYo incorporates a professionally catered workout which is fun but challenging. However, with no weights or high-intensity cardio, the workout is low impact and perfect for toning muscles, burning calories while helping you with your balance. Also, a PiYo workout can be performed in your own home or back garden, meaning you do not have to leave your baby unattended. If you are on the fence, make sure to read this PiYo workout review.

Hire a Personal Trainer

Personal trainers have a lot of knowledge when it comes to the correct diet, and the ability to tailor a workout routine to your current level of fitness. Therefore, if you are unsure of which piece of gym apparatus will prove effective, a personal trainer can teach you how to use them correctly and how many minutes or reps should be spent on the equipment. Also, if your cardio has taken a hit, or you do not have the drive to exercise to the fullest, they can provide support and spur you on.

Enlist in an Exercise Buddy

Exercise can seem tiresome, and sometimes it is the thought of starting your workout which proves to be the most challenging, not the exercise itself. Therefore, enlist the help of a friend who is known for sticking to routines, and who can get you running or cycling. Better yet, find another mother who has the same goals as you, as an exercise buddy who has the same achievements as you prove fruitful. You could even go out running or walking with your pushchairs. Remember, there is usually strength in numbers.

Change Your Diet

During pregnancy, we’re all accustomed to a few unusual, unsavoury cravings which may not have a lot of nutritional value. However, once the baby is born, it is time adapt your diet to the weight loss you wish to achieve. Therefore, clean out your cupboards which may be filled with those well-craved treats and restock them with fresh produce and healthy fats such as nuts. However, remember everything in moderation is key.

Anne

I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. That’s the hardest thing to achieve after pregnancy. Great tips to help moms like me.

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